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4 tips to avoid buying a water-damaged car

Bank rate -- uperstorm Sandy left much devastation across the eastern U.S., but the Northeast isn't the only region that might experience her wrath indirectly. Car buyers throughout the nation could experience Sandy's aftereffects by unknowingly buying a water-damaged car. New and used cars damaged in the flooding caused by Sandy will find their way to the market in the coming weeks and months, leaving buyers to face possible mechanical and electrical problems that can surface months later. Here are four tips to avoid buying a water-damaged car.

Run a vehicle history report. Running a vehicle history report can help uncover potential issues with a car before you make a purchase. A clear sign of a water-damaged car is one that is branded as such or with the more generic "salvage" title. Also look at


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Submitted Nov 11, 2012 By: mastermariner
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 5:51:09 AM

these lists come out after every bad storm.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 8:35:58 AM

good reminders
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:18:45 PM

I've read these tips before.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 10:36:57 PM

Those attempting damaged car sales should be prosecuted and forced to be Obama supporters.
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Beware of the used car and climate change charlatans alike.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:34:14 PM

Good points.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 7:06:31 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 6:16:43 PM

These are helpful. Came in handy for me buying 2 used cars not long after Katrina.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 5:45:18 PM

Buyer beware! Thanks for posting these tips.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 4:28:31 PM

Thanks for submitting this post "mastermariner".
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 2:06:35 PM

Good information. Kinda glad I live on the Left Coast through this (not that I'm in the market for a used car).
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:44:19 PM

Good common sense.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:21:15 PM

Good advice, I know someone who unknowingly purchased a water damaged car from an auction for what they thought was a good deal they ended up paying more in repairs to the electrical system than the cost of the car and ended up selling it in frustration. If they had only run a vehicle history report at the time of purchase the problem would have been uncovered sooner.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:59:58 AM

Look for high water marks in the interior and dead fish under the hood.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:06:36 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 10:52:28 AM

buyer beware
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My next car will be a new one.
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Caveat emptor.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 10:23:09 AM

4 good bits of advice
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Thanks for that.
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OK i'll give BANKRATE one for an informative article.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 10:01:12 AM

Good information
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 10:00:57 AM

I have never bought a used car...
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:59:38 AM

Be smart
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:58:59 AM

First and last tip, don't buy used.....
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:58:54 AM

Get the Car Facts!
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Ok.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:57:13 AM

Good info
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:56:15 AM

he old axiom applies, "buyer beware" ...
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True tutaw.
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ok
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Carfax will be the way to go for this.
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Good info.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:52:48 AM

not buying at this time...
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:52:17 AM

i am 76 and have never bought a used car. thats how
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:51:27 AM

The government will come out with a department and a Zaar to overlook that issue. Since the Cash for Clunkers took thousands of good recycleable cars and parts off the market they will come up with some government program/scam to protect the people!
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:51:04 AM

Be very careful have it check.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:50:55 AM

guess car fax will gain more business now
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:50:37 AM

it is sad, there are not a lot of used cars on the market and these will seem like deals.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:50:32 AM

Due diligence.
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read the fine print
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:48:40 AM

Have it inspected.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:47:47 AM

Let the buyer beware.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:47:07 AM

I did get Carfax on my used car. No wrecks or anything on it tho. Clean report. Interesting. Got it from a chevy dealer, who had gotten it from another state and that was a surprise.
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Snakes, watch for snakes..........
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Look for bite marks from sharks.
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buyer be ware!
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:44:47 AM

I buy new cars, no more used cars for me.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:44:21 AM

Good article.
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This is good to know about this!
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Thanks for posting this article!
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